Passport Verification (PPV)

Updated 10/15/2021

All new international students are required to complete Passport Verification (PPV)  with the Office of International Services (OIS) upon arrival to the United States (U.S.). PPV is a procedure that verifies a student’s immigration status to ensure the student is eligible to start an academic program at USC for the upcoming academic semester.


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F-1 and J-1 Students

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is the U.S. government agency that sets policies for international students in the U.S. On April 26, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) clarified that for the 2021-2022 academic year, F-1 students should abide by the SEVP guidance issued in March 2020.

Students Starting In-Person Study at USC for the First Time in Spring 2022

Spring 2022 Passport Verification (PPV) will be accepted starting from Mon, Nov 15, 2021.

All students who arrive in the U.S. for the first time in Spring 2022 or transferring from another U.S. institution (and not have left the U.S.) must complete Passport Verification (PPV).

  • This includes any student who may have started studying from outside of the U.S. through online enrollment in 2020 and 2021; and anyone who has been studying at another U.S. institution and transferring SEVIS record to USC.
  • Per DHS guidelines, students must be enrolled in at least one in-person or hybrid class. Visit this page for more information.
  • OIS will remove the existing hold (STU60/STU50/OIS70) within three business days from the submission date. For any registration issues or clearance to add classes, please contact your academic advisor or department coordinator.
  • If you do not plan to study at USC in person in spring 2022, please notify your academic department to get an updated I-20 for your future entry.
OIS Passport Verification Instructions

STEP 1. Activate your USC NetID Account Services.
STEP 2. Watch the New Student Information Session video. (PowerPoint Version)
STEP 3. Login to the PPV Document Submission System.

Required Immigration Documents by Visa Type
F-1 Students
  1. USC I-20 pages 1 and 2 (sample document)
  2. Passport photo ID page (sample document)
  3. I-94 (Visit this website & click Get Most Recent I-94)
    • If the website does not load your I-94, take a photo of your visa stamp in your passport (example) and upload it to PPV.
  4. Travel History (Visit this website & click View Travel History)
    • If the website does not load your Travel History, complete this form and upload it to PPV.
  5. F-1 student visa ID page (Canadian citizens exempt) (sample document)
J-1 Students
    1. USC DS-2019 page 1 (sample document)
    2. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
    3. I-94 (Visit this website & click Get Most Recent I-94)
      • If the website does not load your I-94, take a photo of your visa stamp in your passport (example) and upload it to PPV.
    4. Travel History (Visit this website & click View Travel History)
      • If the website does not load your Travel History, complete this form and upload it to PPV.
    5. J-1 student visa (Canadian citizens exempt) (sample document)

Questions regarding PPV requirements? Email oisppv@usc.edu

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Pending Permanent Residents and Other Non-Immigrant Visa Types

Students who are pending permanent residency or on other non-immigrant visa types such as E1, E4, H-1B, H4, L1, L2, O1, or R1 who are currently in the US must also complete Passport Verification (PPV).

Required Immigration Documents by Visa Type
Pending Permanent Residency:
  1. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
  2. Pending PR documents (sample document)
Other non-immigrant visa types (i.e. H-4, E-2, J-2, etc.):
  1. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
  2. I-94 (Visit this website & click Get Most Recent I-94)
    • If the website does not load your I-94, take a photo of your visa stamp in your passport (example) and upload it to PPV.
  3. Travel History (Visit this website & click View Travel History)
    • If the website does not load your Travel History, complete this form and upload it to PPV.
  4. Visa stamp (sample document)

DACA/AB540 Students

Please email your USC ID number to oisppv@usc.edu to request to have your STU50/STU60 hold removed.


Change of Degree Level (example: BS Business Admin to MBA)

Students who have completed a degree program at USC in spring 2021 and are starting a new program at USC in summer/fall 2021 will have a STU50 hold placed on their record by USC Admissions. These students are not required to complete PPV with OIS – do not use the online PPV Document Submission System.

To remove the STU50 hold, complete the I-20 Request Form (select “Validation of higher degree” as the reason for the request). Upon submission, the student will receive a confirmation email from OIS@usc.edu. To complete the degree validation process, the student must reply to the confirmation email and attach a copy (PDF format) of the higher degree USC I-20 with Form Issue Reason as “Change of Education Level” issued by the Office of Graduate Admission.
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